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How To Avoid Burning Out

By | LEADERSHIP, MINISTRY HEALTH, SPIRITUAL HEALTH

Youth ministry is a nonstop machine that continuously demands a lot. Parents want you to help them reach their kids, teens need someone to hear them and then there are all those duties assigned by the pastor.

It’s a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun. The problem is when the fun runs out. Instead of being a joyful leader you find yourself longing for the grind to stop. The temptation is to blame others when the reality is that your: Read More

How To Pick The Right Small Group Content

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

What content are you using for your youth ministry? Is it doing everything it promised? If you aren’t totally satisfied with your purchase or if you’re struggling to use it that’s okay.

No curriculum is perfect for your youth ministry. But, there are some resources that are better. Deciding on which ones to choose and why can be challenging. So before you add that message series to your cart or hit subscribe be sure you: Read More

Why Youth Small Groups Are So Important

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Want to know why a teenager will come back to your youth ministry? It’s because they feel connected and known. The best way to build that connection is with small groups.

Small groups are one of the most effective structures your youth ministry can embrace. If you really want to have an impact on a teenagers life you need to invest make them an intricate part of your ministry because small groups:
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How To Get Your Small Groups Started

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Events, trips, and even outreach opportunities will attract teens to your ministry. But, they’ll stay and come back only if they form authentic and real relationships. That will happen if you have a healthy small group program.

Small groups are powerful but they can’t just be thrown together. They need a plan and a structure. To get your small groups started you need to: Read More

Are The Teens In Your Ministry Just Another Number?

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

No one wants to be a number.  It’s impersonal and doesn’t give a person the value they deserve.  While there is pressure to grow your numbers, it’s important not to lose sight that the numbers have names.

The reason a teenager will come back each week is to feel valued and known.  That might seem overwhelming in a large setting, but it’s possible.  To keep the focus on the person and still grow the numbers you need to: Read More

Why Small Groups Need To Be A Part Of Your Ministry

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, Uncategorized

Events for youth can be fun; however, they can also be completely exhausting.  You put in a lot of work recruiting volunteers, advertising to the community and putting together logistics.  Despite the results you can be left wondering, “Is this worth it?”

If you want your youth ministry to grow at a healthy pace then you need to invest in small groups.  The reason small groups are important to the success of your youth ministry is because: Read More

Are Your Leaders Ready For Their Groups?

By | MINISTRY HEALTH

Over the years our small group program has grown tremendously.  Most of it has to do with the men and women who come in each week to love on teens and help them go deeper with Christ.

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While our program has grown the journey it has taken was not always smooth.  Early on their was turnover with our leaders and it was difficult to build momentum.  Our problem? Read More

How To Start A Strong Small Group Program

By | SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

Small groups work.  They are where life change happens.  Small groups are the place where teens form life long relationships.  Small groups are the reason teenager will come back.  That’s if you do them right.

While there is a lot of great small group content available it’s not always clear how to build the program. If you are looking to start or adjust a current small group ministry you need to make sure you: Read More

Why You Should Stop Planning Events

By | MINISTRY HEALTH, Uncategorized

I remember my predecessor showing me his youth ministry calendar.  Without thinking I remarked, “How is your wife still married to you?”  Every single weekend was booked with lock-ins, laser tag and other youth events. It was insane.

When Jesus commissioned the disciples to go into the world he didn’t say, “Go, and plan the most epic game of dodgeball.”  He said, “Go and make disciples.”  We know that, but the pressure to plan events is a reality for so many youth ministers. Read More